Elegant Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Learn how to make your very own chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries make great gifts and are impressive after-dinner treats. Chocolate covered strawberries are also wonderful for romantic retreats, so says the Mrs.

Berry Jerry’s easy tips for making chocolate covered strawberries…

Because chocolate covered strawberries are so elegant, you may think they are difficult to make. They are really very easy to prepare. With just six simple steps, you can make your own incredible chocolate covered strawberries.

1. Pick your berries

The best berries for chocolate covered strawberries are berries that are ripe, yet firm. Small strawberries can be used, but the big berries are better for making nice chocolate covered strawberries.

2. Wash your berries and let them dry

Wash the strawberries and let them dry well. For the chocolate to stick to your chocolate covered strawberries, they really have to be completely dry, plus getting water in your chocolate will mess it up. The strawberries also need to be at room temperature, so leave them on the counter to dry rather than putting them in the fridge.

3. Prepare your pan

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Once dipped, you will place the chocolate covered strawberries on the wax paper to dry.

4. Melt your chocolate

Using a 1 pound (16 oz.) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, melt them in a double-boiler.

5. Dip your berries

Holding the berries by the stem, or using a toothpick inserted near the stem, dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate, then place the chocolate covered strawberries on the lined cookie sheet. When you dip the berries, don’t emerge them completely, leave part of the berry, close to the stem, uncovered.

6. Let them cool

Place the chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes or so and then take them out and let them sit at room temperature. Don’t store the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator.

Following these six simple steps, you can make your own luscious chocolate covered strawberries.

Fun Fact: Most everyone knows that chocolate is made from cocoa beans, their well-known name. The cocoa beans are actually cacao seeds that come from a tropical tree. Cacao trees grow in Africa where the majority of cocoa beans are produced.

For a nice variation, you can double dip your chocolate covered strawberries using different types of chocolate. For instance, berries dipped in chocolate, and then partially re-dipped in white chocolate are very nice. When double dipping your chocolate covered strawberries, make sure that they are cooled from their first dip before you make the second dip.

Always use your chocolate covered strawberries within 48 hours of making them.

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